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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Career Outlook

Elevate Your Earning Potential

According to research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of counseling is expected to grow 22% by 2031 to create more than 77,500 new positions (1). With Sacred Heart University’s online master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you’ll gain the necessary skills to advance your career, improve your earning potential and become a leader in this dynamic industry.

Developed with CACREP standards as a foundation, the program offers a curriculum that prepares students to meet the educational requirements for licensure in many states.

  • 22% Job Growth for Mental Health Counselors Between 2021 and 20311
  • 22% Job Growth for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors between 2021 and 20311
  • More than 77,500 New Positions by 20311

With an online Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, you can pursue your passion of helping others and make a positive impact in the global community.

Designed for your professional achievement, Sacred Heart University’s online Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree delivers the expertise you need to succeed as a leader in your chosen career.

Mental Health Counselor:

In this position, you would develop treatment plans, suggest daily life changes and provide resource information to individuals struggling with diverse mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and more. Your role would involve hosting discussion sessions with individuals throughout the lifespan. This career is currently expanding at a rate of 22% per year and is expected to create more than 43,600 new positions by 20251.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor:

As a professional in this role, you would host discussion sessions with individuals who are struggling with addiction and other behavioral issues, such as eating disorders. Your responsibilities would include developing treatment plans and providing resource information to individuals throughout the lifespan in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, mental health facilities and other diverse medical settings. This career is currently expanding at a rate of 22% per year and is expected to create more than 43,600 new positions by 20251.

Additional roles for graduates of the online master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program:

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Adoption counselor
  • Detention center counselor

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020 April 10). Substance Abuse, Behavior Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved April 10, 2020 from